Charles Henderson

Global Managing Partner and Head, IBM Security™ X-Force® Red

Charles is a business executive, hacker and vulnerability researcher who uses his hacker perspective to build valuable security programs for clients. He has more than two decades of experience leading hacking and vulnerability research teams.

Steve Ocepek

Hacking CTO, X-Force Red

Steve has received five patents in network security in the past 15-plus years. With extensive experience in both penetration testing and network defense, Steve manages and delivers security services to IBM’s global client base.

Adam Laurie

Associate Partner, Global Hardware Hacking Expert, X-Force Red

With four decades of information technology and security experience, Adam Laurie serves as X-Force Red's hardware hacking expert.

Cris Thomas (Space Rogue)

Global Hacking Strategy Lead, X-Force Red

Cris, also known as “Space Rogue,” uses his 20-plus years of experience to help clients understand their risks and how they can meet compliance and security challenges.

Stephanie Carruthers

Global Social Engineering Expert, X-Force Red

Stephanie leads the social engineering practice, focusing on open-source intelligence gathering, phishing, vishing and physical security assessments for X-Force Red clients.

Chris Thompson

Global Red Team Expert, X-Force Red

Chris leads the X-Force Red Adversary Simulation team. He has led advanced Red teaming operations against defense contractors and some of the world’s largest banks.

David Byrne

Global Hacking Methodology Expert, X-Force Red

With an IT career since 1996 and an information security focus since 2000, David serves as a leader for the X-Force Red team. He establishes testing methodologies and standards for project delivery, develops new offerings, and works closely with  high-profile clients.

Daniel Crowley

Global Research Baron, X-Force Red

Daniel is the primary author of the Magical Code Injection Rainbow, a configurable vulnerability testbed, and FeatherDuster, an automated cryptanalysis tool. In the security industry since 2004, he is a frequent speaker at conferences like Black Hat, DEF CON, Shmoocon and SOURCE.

Dustin Heywood

Senior Hacker, X-Force Red

For more than a decade, Dustin has honed his expertise as a strategic information security professional. As a senior X-Force Red team member, he serves as a trusted consultant to clients and peers, specializing in password assessments and password security research.

David M. N. Bryan

Global Hacking Tools Expert, X-Force Red

With nearly two decades of professional information security experience, David establishes standardized tool sets and environments for project delivery, leads testing projects, and acts as a liaison to X-Force Red’s high-profile clients.

Cary Lynch Paxton

Hacking Program Manager, X-Force Red

With 20 years of information security industry experience, Cary manages the day-to-day operations of the global X-Force Red team.

Abby Ross

Associate Partner, X-Force Red

A seasoned marketing and public relations professional, Abby specializes in cybersecurity, providing buzzword-free content and communications for X-Force Red clients.

Damian Profancik

Associate Partner, North America Regional Lead

With more than two decades of IT consulting and offensive security experience including penetration testing, code review and vulnerability research, he has led offensive security testing teams at several different companies. He is a frequent speaker at events such as DerbyCon, ShmooCon, ISSA, OWASP, ISSA and CircleCityCon, where he is one of the organizers.

Brandon Ford

Asia Pacific Regional Lead  

Brandon is a hacker and regional leader for X-Force Red in Asia Pacific and Japan. He has been engaged in global network, application and hardware penetration testing for financial, medical, utility and commercial sector clients since 2016, worked in information security since 2011, and is experienced in the management of GRC operations for the cloud and software development industries.

Nick Walker

Middle East and Africa Regional Lead

Nick has worked in penetration testing for a decade, with a degree in Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures. His research has been published in books and journals, while being a senior practice leader in multiple reputable organizations. He now leads X-Force Red in the Middle East providing strategy and regional oversight.

Ray Evans

Vulnerability Management Services (VMS) Lead, Europe

Ray has worked in information technology for 34 years, with 25 of them being in information security. Ray's interest in security began when he was a child. He performed his first security assessment in 1995. Ray now leads the X-Force Red VMS practice in Europe, which helps clients build, tune, and manage their Vulnerability Management Programs.

Brian McGlone

Penetration Testing Services Lead, Europe

Brian is an experienced leader in security with a demonstrated history of security testing and consultancy working in North America, Africa, and across Europe. He is skilled in all types of security testing including red teaming, web applications, infrastructure, mobile, physical testing, social engineering and code review, and across all industries.

Andrew C. Herlands

Associate Partner, X-Force Red, North America

Andrew is a business executive with more than two decades of experience in information security, where he has built and led global teams of client-facing professionals. With an extensive background in both security services and infrastructure protection, Andrew has spent the majority of his career helping clients identify risks and address security and compliance challenges. Andrew serves as a leader for X-Force Red in North America.

Johnny Shaieb

Global X-Force Red Vulnerability Management Services (VMS) Lead

Johnny leads the X-Force Red VMS practice. He has three patents and more than 20 years of computer security experience in the following fields, which includes but is not limited to, vulnerability management, penetration testing, audit compliance, and development and automation. For the last decade, Johnny has taught professional hacking at the college level.

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